Transportation department rejects crosswalk proposal in Central Onslow
CENTRAL ONSLOW, N.S. – A request for a crosswalk near the area of Tidal Bore Road has been denied by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
A letter to Colchester County Council from District Traffic Supervisor Deborah Macinnis said the decision was based on a seven-hour traffic count conducted on March 28 near the intersection of Tidal Bore Road on Route 2 in Central Onslow.
“During this period, two pedestrians were observed crossing Trunk 2,” Macinnis said, in her letter. “Frequent gaps in the vehicular traffic stream were available for pedestrians to safely cross Trunk 2 at Tidal Bore Road, therefore an artificial gap (crosswalk) is not warranted at this time.”
Marianne Cullip, owner of Fundy Gemstone Townhouses who initiated a petition to have a crosswalk established, said she was surprised by the decision.
“I’m really disappointed that they came up with that assumption,” she said.
Macinnis’s letter did not define the time of day during which the study was held and Cullip questioned why it would be done during such a cold time of year.
According to Environment Canada records, the temperatures for that day ranged between a high of 6.4 degrees C to a low of -9.6 degrees C.
Tidal Bore Road is a dead-end street and seniors from the townhouse complex had previously stated they like to walk there because of the low level of traffic. But they have to cross Route 2 in order to access it. Interest was also expressed about starting a walking club, which could increase the number of seniors crossing the road.
Cullip said she is particularly surprised by the decision given the area is slated to be included in the province’s cycling network, the Blue Route.
“It just seems to be in keeping with their plans,” Cullip said, adding she is not ready to accept defeat on the matter.
“I’m going to be in contact with the county and the Department of Transportation,” she said.
Mayor Christine Blair said she fully anticipates that Cullip will be following up on the matter but feels a crosswalk would be suitable providing the area were properly signed in advance of the area.
“I would support whatever is the safest for residents to cross that road,” she said.